The Kitchen Backsplash Makeover Reveal!

Yayyy, the kitchen backsplash is done and I’m so excited to show you all today!  Changing out the backsplash made a huge difference in our kitchen and I’m so happy.  Bye bye beige on beige backsplash and floor, and hello new brighter subway tile!

Yes, that’s just a little peek. I have to show you the before pictures first.  That would just be the appropriate thing to do. :)

AND, I will be adding a source list at the bottom of this post since I have already done 2 posts on the progress and how-to of the backsplash, so please look at those posts first for any questions you may have.  This post will mostly just be the pretty afters. :)

Now here are the before photos:

And no I didn’t take the time to clean for the before photos.  But I did take this makeover opportunity to de-clutter our countertops.  Gosh they were bad!  And notice the beige backsplash right?

Okay and here are some afters!

Pretty amazing right??  And if you look in the before pics, you’ll notice my accessories were mostly reds and yellows (it’s a Pfaltzgraff collection), so I just wanted a new look with mostly all white accessories to give it a clean feel.  I found them at Homegoods and each item was $5 or less (besides the white accessories I already had).

But I just love how there is contrast now between the cabinets, the backsplash, and the flooring. Before there was not.

Here are a few more detailed shots.

I love the decorative accent piece running through don’t you?

And here’s another before and after so you don’t have to scroll all the way up to see a before shot.

I finally have my subway tile and I can’t believe it!! And don’t hate me but now more than ever do I want to paint our cabinets white. And yes I definitely will be.  I don’t think I can pull it off before the baby is born but soon people, soon. I think the new tile will pop even more against white cabinets and will look just lovely!

Source List:

So what do you think of the new backsplash?  Are you inspired to take on a tiling project?  The Home Depot is the one-stop shop for all tiling needs, whether you are an experienced DIYer or a first-time tiler.  You can totally do it I promise!!

Now does anyone want to come start painting the cabinets for me? :)

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  1. It looks great. I love the mix of small and large tile.

  2. Gina AYtman says:

    It looks beautiful! I would love to cook or bake something in your kitchen. White accessories are really cute, too!

  3. Looks so pretty! And I love the white accessories.

  4. Nicely done! Love how you documented everything, was a great read!

  5. The new backsplash is beautiful! Such an improvement from the previous one!! Love the decorative accent piece & lighter/ brighter look it gave to your kitchen!! Gorgeous!

  6. What a great job – it looks wonderful ! I’m so glad for you that you had this opportunity from the depot !


  7. I really love your new backsplash! It is so pretty. You guys did a really great job!

  8. I love the accent row of glass. That totally makes it. I am going to be brutally honest and say I thought the original backsplash looked like floor tiles on the wall.. this is much better! :) love it!

  9. Emily, it looks amazing. The kitchen is so much brighter. Love the subway tile and the mosaic insert. Beautiful.

  10. Excellent job! The new backsplash looks great!

  11. Love love love the backsplash! Love the mix of patterns. I painted our cabinets white last year and love them. I know yours will look gorgeous and the backsplash will pop even more!

  12. Absolutely amazing and gorgeous! It’s such a wonderful contrast and really looks bright and cheery. The accent is my favorite part.


  13. Mary Stewart says:

    Thank you so much for giving me a visual of what my “new ” back splash will look like. I’ve been trying to explain to my husband just what I wanted, and now he can see it. I LOOOOOVE IT!

  14. It looks great!! What a difference it made. Love it!!!

  15. That backsplash is beautiful and I think will be even more so with white cabinets! I think white cabinets look so clean and fresh and are so easy to clean up! I look forward to when I can paint mine white…currently have a few projects ahead of that!

  16. I love your new back splash and all the delicious subway tile!! You kitchen is truly swoon worthy! Did you by any chance pick up the “magnolia” plate at Home Goods? Because I have to admit I am smitten with magnolias, have been for a looonnnnnnggggggggg time. 2 moves ago we had a magnolia directly outside our bedroom window… talk about heavenly!

    Take care now! (and yes the tile would definitely “pop” against white cabinets…)

  17. Emily-
    The tiled backsplash turned out so pretty. It does lighten the room up some doesn’t it?! My favorite is the stone & glass accent tile. Love it!

  18. Your before back splash is exactly what our backsplash in the new house looks like!! I LOVE the idea of cutting the tile in half to make the subway tile!!

    I will say the pictures of your wall after you ripped out the existing tile has me worried about mine when I decide to tackle it!

  19. Great job!!!! I’m impressed! I think you’re right about the cabinets needing to be white, they look a bit out dated (no offense, your kitchen is beautiful!). I just painted my wooden cabinets white and it made such a wonderful difference! It did take some time though but I did it without stripping or sanding! I’m going to put a before and after on my blog soon.
    Best wishes to you and your family!
    Tulips and Turnips

  20. It looks wonderful! You guys did a fantastic job. I do agree with Shawn, I think white cabinets would make it pop even more. Or maybe that soft green from the glass tile on the walls? But that’s just me, I love me some pop:) Thanks for all your sharing!

  21. Just beautiful! It is amazing how much they brighten the kitchen and I love the small detail tiles. It would look great with white cabinets! Hope you’re feeling well!

  22. Wow – it looks so great! She’s a beaut!

  23. It looks just beautiful Emily! I love the glass tile accent in the middle, it takes it from pretty to ohmygoshthat’sawesome! I’m planning on painting my cabinets white this summer. I cannot wait!

  24. The white tile adds the right amount of contrast! Completely changes the look of the kitchen. Great job!

  25. Absolutely beautiful! The new subway tiles seem like they’ve breathed new life into the kitchen and the minimal accessories in white are very fresh and modern.

    I had to laugh though when I read the old was “beige on beige”. I was expecting to see some pop of color … but the new tiles seem to be a lighter version of … beige. hahahaha. But very classic and beautiful. :)

  26. Emily, it looks so good! I didn’t think it looked bad before, but now I see how much better it looks. And white cabinets next?! It will be a whole new kitchen!

  27. What a difference it makes! It looks beautiful! I love that rug under your sink. Do you mind sharing the source? :)

  28. It turned out great! Love it!

  29. it looks great, emily!

    it’s so much lighter & airy in your kitchen now! beautiful.
    happy weekend!

  30. I love your new backsplash! I have to honestly say though that I like the old better. We actually just took out our ho-hum subway tile and put in a beautiful cement tile on the diagonal! So we’re the opposite, LOL. I know for me, subway tile is over done and sometimes it has a more country feel than I’d like. Our diagonal tile is more modern and clean looking. But everyone has different tastes, I’m glad you like yours!

  31. Would you post pictures of your new painted kitchen? I would like to see it from far away, like the pictures you have on this post when the cabinets were still brown. Thanks!!!

  32. Ashley Paull says:

    I love your backsplash, can you please tell me what tiles you used? I too have white cabinets with that exact same countertops but cant decide on a backsplash. Yours is exactly the look Im going for. Thanks

  33. I like the backsplash, it makes the kitchen counters pop. Great job!


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